Hill, Alswager shut down SDSU in softball sweep

Hill, Alswager shut down SDSU in softball sweep Pitching was the name of the game for The University of South Dakota women's softball team in a doubleheader sweep of South Dakota State University March 30 at the DakotaDome.

In improving their overall record to 17-13, the Coyotes handed SDSU, 2-1 and 4-0 defeats. SDSU fell to 6-14 on the season.

In South Dakota's best pitching performances of the season, sophomore pitchers Tiffany Hill and Janice Alswager limited South Dakota State to one run and 10 hits in 15 innings of work.

Game 1 – USD 2, SDSU 1

Hill limited SDSU to one run and four hits in eight innings as South Dakota picked up a 2-1 victory in game one of the twin bill. Hill (6-6) won her sixth game of the season as allowed just a second inning run.

After the second inning, she shut down SDSU hitters over the next six innings. Hill had three strikeouts and two walks in the standout performance.

Scores came from Melanie Robotham in the fifth and Julie MacRunnels in the eighth. SDSU's only run came in the second inning.

Game 2 – USD 4, SDSU 0

Alswager tossed an eight-hit shutout and had two RBI as South Dakota captured a 4-0 win in game two of the doubleheader with SDSU. Alswager walked one and struck out four in seven innings of work. She improved her record to 7-2 on the season.

South Dakota tallied single runs in the first, second, third, and sixth innings in the win. Cara Ellwanger scored the game's first run, followed by Amie Mertens, Tiffany Davis and pinch runner Jen Hedegaard.

Alswager had two hits and two RBI while Ellwanger, MacRunnels, Davis, Keri Bolte, Kaja Martinson and Tiffany Hopkins also had hits for South Dakota. The Coyotes totaled four runs on eight hits and one error.

SDSU had no runs on eight hits and two errors. Kristen Krebs and Nikki Darwitz had two hits for SDSU.

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